WHY CANADA GSS VISA?

  • Start working in Canada within 15 days
  • Direct route to migrate to Canada
  • Just two-week processing time
  • Talented skilled professionals can migrate faster
  • Foreign skilled workers are highly eligible

Canada GSS VISA

How can employers in Canadian companies find the best-skilled workers among foreign nationals to work for them? Definitely, a fast and predictable process of visa processing will contribute to realizing this intention. That’s what GSS (Global Skills Strategy) does with the GSS work permit.

IRCC applies a definite and streamlined strategy to ensure that employers in Canada get skilled and talented candidates through steps that include

  • Faster application processing times,
  • Exemptions on the work permit, and
  • Enhanced customer service.

Though select foreign nationals get faster visa processing under GSS, they are required to meet the basic requirements for eligibility and admission to Canada. These requirements include obtaining and submitting police certificates as well as any other essential documents stipulated by IRCC.

If immigration candidates meet all the requirements, they will get their Global Skills Strategy Work Permit processed within a Global Skills Strategy processing time of 2 weeks.

GLOBAL SKILLS STRATEGY VISA

The strategy for realizing faster visa processing times includes certain well-planned measures. Here’s how each of them works for you under the Global Skills Strategy program.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Immigration candidates who are eligible for faster 2-week visa processing under GSS include candidates who don’t require an LMIA for eligibility and those who don’t. Here are the Global Skills Strategy eligibility criteria for both categories of applicants.

LMIA-EXEMPT WORKERS

If you are a candidate who is exempt from the LMIA (Labor Market Impact Assessment) requirement, you can become eligible for the 2-week visa processing facility under the GSS by meeting all the following criteria:

  • You are lodging an application from outside Canada.
  • You are engaged in a job that’s categorized as either NOC (National Occupational Classification) skill type 0 or A. Type 0 is for managerial jobs and type A is for professionals as per the NOC.
  • The employer recruiting you have submitted employment offers through the employer portal. They must also have paid the necessary fee for employer compliance.

Note that GSS processing is not available for International Experience Canada.

Owing to the change from NOC 2016 to NOC 2021 (TEER) will be in place from November 16, 2022, the following updates must be noted:

·        NOC skill type 0 will be replaced by TEER 0

·        NOC skill level A will be replaced by TEER 1

If your application for a visa is lodged on or after November 16, 2022, it’s necessary that your occupation is either in the category of TEER 0 or 1. Only then you will have Global Skills Strategy eligibility.

Visa applicants under the International Experience Canada won’t be eligible for fast processing under the Global Skills Strategy program.

Workers exempt from LMIA can qualify for two-week processing of their work permit application if they meet all of these requirements:

PERSONS WHO NEED AN LMIA

If you are among those Canada visa applicants who need an LMIA for a Canada visa, you must meet the following requirements to be eligible for GSS:

  • You have to apply from outside of Canada
  • You must have a positive LMIA via the GSS Stream of the TFW (Temporary Foreign Worker) Program. The LMIA information will be present in the LMIA decision letter.

SPOUSES AND DEPENDENTS

Besides yourself, the GSS 2-week processing will be available for the following members of your family:

  • Common-law partner
  • Spouse
  • Dependent children

These family members will have to lodge their completed applications for a visa simultaneously with you. The visas on which GSS processing is applicable include:

  • Visitor visa
  • Study permit
  • Work permit

GSS VISA’S REQUIREMENTS

At this point, we assume you have collected all information and documents from the Canadian employer. Now you and your family members need to do the following:

  • Lodge an online application from outside Canada.
  • Have a complete application ready and submit it.
  • Include police certificates (in case it’s required).
  • Include the results of a medical exam (in case it’s required).
  • Include certified translations of mandatory documents issued in any language other than English or French.
  • Make a payment of the processing fees.
  • Do the submission of the results of biometrics in under 2 weeks of the date of submission of the application (in case it’s required)
Requirements of Local visa office

As specific instructions have been given to visa officers around the world. These have to be followed by visa applicants and confirmation is sought from your local visa office for all the requirements to make sure that all documents necessary have been attached to your visa application.

HOW TO APPLY FOR GSS WORK PERMIT?

Here’s how you should apply for a Global Skills Strategy work permit:

Step 1: Visit the work permit application online.

Step 2: Select the option “Apply online”.

Step 3: Click on the country/territory you are lodging the application form

Step 4: From the list of documents (in case there are any), download the visa office requirements that are specific to the country you selected.

HOW Y-AXIS CAN HELP YOU?

Y-Axis is among the leading companies when it comes to Canadian immigration and visa consulting services. Our teams have experience working on thousands of visa applications for Canada and we have the expertise and experience to assist you all through the process. Y-Axis offers services like:

  • Coaching services: Y-Axis offers coaching services that will help you ace your scores in standardized tests
  • Points Calculator: Canada Immigration Points Calculator helps you assess your eligibility to work in Canada.
  • Jobs search in Canada: Job search assistance to search for jobs in Canada
  • Counseling services: Free counseling by our experts in Canada immigration on the process to start the process, the jobs you are looking for, and the like.
  • Webinars: Free webinars on Canada immigration, work, and so on, by Y-Axis’s immigration professionals, to help you achieve your professional goals.
  • Expert guidance: Step-by-step assistance to work in Canada with the help of Y-Path
FAQ
What is GSS in Canada visa?

Canadian companies get to recruit the best workers from foreign nations through Canadian migration programs. With a fast and predictable visa processing mechanism, it will be even more possible for them to find these top talents from abroad. To this end of making Canadian visa process faster and more attractive to migrants, the GSS (Global Skills Strategy) strategies have been devised. 

IRCC applies a definite and streamlined strategy to ensure that employers in Canada get skilled and talented candidates through steps that include

  • Faster application processing times,
  • Exemptions on the work permit, and
  • Enhanced customer service.

Though select foreign nationals get faster visa processing under GSS, they are required to meet the basic requirements for eligibility and admission to Canada. These requirements include obtaining and submitting police certificates as well as any other essential documents stipulated by IRCC. If immigration candidates meet all the requirements, they will get their visas processed within 2 weeks.

Who is eligible for two-week work permit processing?

Immigration candidates who are eligible for faster 2-week visa processing under GSS include candidates who don’t require an LMIA for eligibility and those who don’t.

Workers who don’t need LMIA

If you are a candidate who is exempt from the LMIA (Labor Market Impact Assessment) requirement, you can become eligible for the 2-week visa processing facility under the GSS by meeting all the following criteria:

  • You are lodging an application from outside Canada.
  • You are engaged in a job that’s categorized as either NOC (National Occupational Classification) skill type 0 or A. Type 0 is for managerial jobs and type A is for professionals as per the NOC.
  • The employer recruiting you have submitted employment offers through the employer portal. They must also have paid the necessary fee for employer compliance.

Note that GSS processing is not available for International Experience Canada.

If your application for a visa is lodged on or after November 16, 2022, it’s necessary that your occupation is either in the category of TEER 0 or 1. Only then you will get Global Skills Strategy eligibility.

Visa applicants under the International Experience Canada won’t be eligible for fast processing under GSS.

Workers exempt from LMIA can qualify for two-week processing of their work permit application if they meet all of these requirements:

Workers who need an LMIA

If you are one of those Canada visa applicants who need an LMIA for a Canada visa, you must meet the following requirements to be eligible for a GSS work permit:

  • You have to apply from outside of Canada
  • You must have a positive LMIA via the GSS Stream of the TFW (Temporary Foreign Worker) Program. The LMIA information will be present in the LMIA decision letter.
What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)?

An LMIA is a document that legitimizes the request of a Canadian employer that there’s a genuine requirement to hire a foreign worker.

In a positive LMIA, it will be confirmed that the employer needs a foreign worker to fill a job vacancy as no permanent resident or Canadian worker is available to do the job. Another name for a positive LMIA is a “confirmation letter”.

The employer has to make sure that in a particular scenario, an LMIA is needed. Then the employer has to apply for one.

After the employer obtains the LMIA, the foreign worker can lodge an application for a Canada work permit. For this the foreign worker needs the following:

  • a letter offering the job in Canada
  • a contract that’s drawn with the employer
  • a copy of the LMIA
  • the LMIA number
What is the quickest way to obtain a work permit in Canada?

Applying for a work permit through GSS is a sure way to get a Canada work permit faster (2 weeks) than any other way. It’s easiest when the foreign worker doesn’t need an LMIA for getting a work permit. In such a case, they can get eligibility for GSS by meeting the following requirements:

  • Lodge an online application from outside Canada.
  • Have a complete application ready and submit it.
  • Include police certificates (in case it’s required).
  • Include the results of a medical exam (in case it’s required).
  • Include certified translations of mandatory documents issued in any language other than English or French.
  • Make a payment of the processing fees.
  • Do the submission of the results of biometrics in under 2 weeks of the date of submission of the application (in case it’s required)
If I am applying for a GSS Work Permit under the International Mobility Program, will I get the 2-week processing advantage?

Yes. In case you are submitting a work permit application via the International Mobility Program, you just need to apply online as in the normal course. Your application will be processed within the 2-week standard automatically. For this, you have to

  • Be eligible for the Global Skills Strategy program
  • Lodge a complete application
Will every application for a work permit under GSS get processed in 2 weeks?

Realistically, 80% of applications for a Canada work permit will be processed within a period of 2 weeks. This number could be even more!

Who are the people not eligible for the GSS visa’s faster processing facility?

If you are in one of the following situations, you won’t be eligible for 2-week processing under GSS:

  • You have submitted an incomplete application
  • You haven’t attached documents not presented either in English or French as their authorized translations.
  • You missed out on submitting the required documents as per the instructions issued by your local visa office.
  • You submitted a work permit application on paper.
  • You lodged an application from within Canada.
  • You lodged an application for IEC (International Experience Canada)

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